Jan 28, 2015

U.S. exonerations hit record, driven by errors in Texas drug cases

The U.S. saw a record number of exonerations in 2014, due in part to cases in Texas in which drug convictions were dismissed after lab tests determined that the accused never had illegal substances, a report released Tuesday shows. The National Registry of Exonerations ...

Jan 28, 2015

Years-old stash of marijuana found in woman's van

A woman drove a van for more than 13 years without realizing there was marijuana hidden inside. Melodie Peil told the Alamogordo Daily News she bought a 1990 Chevrolet van at a local dealership in 2001 so she would have room to transport her ...

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

Jan 23, 2015

Indonesia rejects clemency for Aussie drug smugglers

President Joko Widodo has rejected a final appeal for clemency from an Australian sentenced to death on drug smuggling charges, an official said Thursday. The attorney general’s spokesman, Tony Tribagus Spontana, said his office had just received a copy of a decree signed by ...

Crimea, eastern Ukraine face AIDS epidemic, U.N. says

Jan 21, 2015

Crimea, eastern Ukraine face AIDS epidemic, U.N. says

A lethal health crisis is brewing in Russian-annexed Crimea and war-torn eastern Ukraine, where heroin users have lost access to therapy to wean them off the drug, the U.N.’s AIDS envoy said Wednesday. Out of 805 people in Crimea who before the annexation were ...

Tokyo Metropolitan Government sharing more data on quasi-legal drugs

Jan 12, 2015

Tokyo Metropolitan Government sharing more data on quasi-legal drugs

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government has improved its mechanism for sharing information on “kiken” (dangerous) drugs to further its crackdown on the quasi-legal substances, which have been banned in the capital. The metropolitan government simultaneously sends data on ingredients found in such drugs to other ...

Jan 9, 2015

Jackie Chan's son sentenced to six months for drug offense

The son of actor Jackie Chan pleaded guilty in a Beijing court Friday to providing a venue for drug users and was sentenced to six months in prison, following a major crackdown on illegal drugs in the Chinese capital. Jaycee Chan, 32, also was ...

Jan 6, 2015

Son of Jackie Chan to stand trial in China on drugs charge

Jaycee Chan, the son of kung fu movie star Jackie Chan, will stand trial Friday on a drugs charge, media reported Tuesday, the latest in a series of minor celebrities accused of narcotics offenses. The microblog post from the semiofficial newspaper, Legal Evening News, ...

Jan 4, 2015

Drunken driver crashes into British police station

British police arrested a man on suspicion of drunken driving Friday after he crashed his car into a police station. Officers at Frodsham police station, near Liverpool in northwest England, did not have to go far to find their suspect after the car was ...